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Hasnah1962 wrote a review 20 Jan.
Singapore, Singapore1,942 contributions160 helpful votes
Singapore Zoo is listed as one of the world's best zoo not for nothing. It has all the traditional zoo animals like elephants, tigers, lions, monkeys, and crocodiles, but it also has many unique and endangered animals like the alligator shaped turtle and the babirusas, also called deer-pigs. It is in the swine family found in Sulawesi, Togian, Sula and Buru. Singapore zoo is also home for giraffes, zebras, warthogs, rhinos, lions, cheetahs and many others. There is also play and activity area for young kids to have fun.…
Date of experience: January 2021
James T wrote a review 20 Jan.
Queenstown, New Zealand77 contributions5 helpful votes
We had an overall enjoyable experience, but for the price I thought it was good value, bit very good value. This is swayed by the fact we were advised to focus on doing the zoo first given it shut at 6pm (we arrived around 2:30pm) and the river safari shuts at 7. We had a good look through the zoo to start and other than the polar bears being off display due to renovations (a shame for us but understandable in any good animal attraction) it was nice. We the. Headed over to the River Safari side at about 5:30pm. The staff member at the entrance said ‘you do the boat ride first’ and pointed us to the left of the entrance. We followed the path that seemed to go on and on with various displays along the way. We were enjoying looking around but I was wondering where this ‘boat ride’ was as it certainly wasn’t first. We then arrived at the Panda exhibit which was slightly confusing as it had a ‘currently off display’ type sign near the entrance - I was disappointed as it’s rare you see Pandas so I continued up the path only to find it was indeed open and the Panda was in clear view which was great. We then continued in the journey to the next stop - the River Cruise, only to find it closed at 6pm (it was now 6:03pm). I explained our 3 year old was very excited to see it but was told no sorry it closes at 6pm. We were quite dejected at this as the ride was the only way to see the Jaguar - another rarely seen zoo animal. We then continued on our journey to find the squirrel monkey Forrest walk also closes at 6pm. If we had been told the timings of these closures or there had been announcements we absolutely would have rushed through as they are the key highlights (it’s called River Safari after all). I mentioned in my way out that this was disappointing but was simply told ‘yes they close at 6pm’...shame as otherwise we had a very satisfactory visit and these sorts of disappointments could so easily have been avoided.…
Date of experience: January 2021
Krubee wrote a review 18 Jan.
Singapore, Singapore417 contributions173 helpful votes
It was indeed very heartwarming to visit Singapore zoo especially with their conservation programs ensuring the protection of some endangered species of which they house 34% of it. Built in 1973 and set on a 26 hectares land in a natural open rain forest environment in Mandai Lake. It has over a million visitors annually and houses more than 30 species of animals. If you would like to relax, take some good photos and videos, escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city and most of all contribute to the conservation and rehabilitation of threatened species then have some time to visit SG zoo. If you book online tickets are cheaper than walk in. Also, if you will avail their annual membership you will get discounts and privileges. The zoo is part of the trip of parks called Wildlife Reserves Singapore together with Jurong Bird Park and the Night Safari. The zoo is pretty big so if you wanna spare walking then you can take a tram for a quick drive by tour of the zoo’s different areas. The zoo is divided into 11 zones namely Australasia, Elephants of Asia, Fragile forest, Great rift valley of Ethiopia, Primate kingdom, Reptile Garden, Wild Africa, Treetops trail to name some of those I’ve visited. In addition they have numerous shows and activities. As you enter the zoo you might get overwhelmed but my tip is to just follow the flow and to help you can download their Digital Map guide. You could go right and you'll pass by the African Penguins which is currently closed which will lead you straight to Ah Meng Restaurant or go left via the Tree top trail and will lead you to the Rainforest. Either way will give you access to different zones in the zoo. I personally walked my way to different zones and took my approximately 3 hours. Be mindful with the Show timings and audience since there is crowd control measures during the pandemic. Facemasks are also required whilst you are in the zoo. I loved everything - how they designed the zoo in an open natural environment which is really remarkable. A lot of animals are securely placed in their zones, moats were provided to some and they have ample space. Some you could even interact with like the Fragile forest where you could be up close to the Flying Fox, Birds, Butterflies, and Deers. My favorite attractions are the Bengal White Tiger, Elephants of Asia, Hamadryas Baboon, Nubian Ibex, Animals in the Fragile Forest, Giraffe, Orangutans, the Otters, Pygmy Hippopotamus, Grey Kangaroo and the funny cute Meerkats who are always on the lookout. The Bengal white tigers (2 of them) are housed in a huge open space mini forest enclosure with water filled moat. They showcased elegance, strength, confidence and beauty especially with their furs in white and black stripes. Elephants of Asia showcases Asian Elephants all five of them female coming from Sri Lanka and Sumatra to name a few. They have a very earthy enclosure and I loved to see when their being fed. Despite their huge sizes they eat slowly with the help of their trunks before gently chewing the grass. The Baboons and Ibex are placed in the Great Rift Valley. It was designed like a rock mountain cliff similar to the environment where they live in Ethiopia plus an Amazing waterfalls. It's surprising to to see this mix of 2 species side by side showing no conflicts. The Baboons of course are very proud and confident as always especially displaying their pink faces, fluffy grey furs and huge fangs. The Ibex on the other have no problem maneuvering the slippery rocks even with those long sharp horns. The Grey Kangaroos too where such a lovely animals. Their enclosure have huge space for them to leap, feed and interact with each other. I really felt I was in Australia. When I reached Wild Africa it was already sunset. And it was such a scenic scene specially with the Giraffes. 2 of them while standing against the sunset is such an epic scene. I took a couple of photos and it was marvelous. Just across the Giraffes there is a small Earth mound with small pocket holes. And inside these holes lives the Meerkats, cute little stripped Mongoose from Southern Africa. I could see 2 of them watching the skies for predators which is really really natural. I took a photo of one peeking his head from one of the holes. Finally, the Orangutans from Sumatra or the Great Apes with their striking red orange furs are housed in a magnificent enclosure with trees, vines and resting places. Here the family could be seen interacting, resting, feeding, sleeping and gently swinging way up on the vines and trees. Native to Malaysia and Indonesia, Orangutans are critically endangered species but glad that Singapore Zoo is here to ensure the survival of this species. You can have a 360 degree view of them as you walk your way on the platform just outside their enclosure. As I walked along my way in the zoo I couldn't help but noticed that it is very clean, well managed, follows the social distancing guidelines, and very informative. There are plenty of toilets, drinking fountains, and vending machines for food/snacks. Ah Meng Restaurant also provides a lot of food options, coffee and snacks. I finished my day arriving at their souvenir shop just on time before they close at 6 and I bought a small shirt for my nephew. Outside the entrance there are plenty of food shops and KFC, which I had my lunch. If you wanted to visit the River and Night Safari they are just right outside the zoo and the latter open at 630 PM. Getting here I took the Mandai Khatib Shuttle but there are many ways to get here. It was indeed another heartwarming experience to visit SG zoo and each visit I take has its own story, witnessing how these lovely Animals live like in their natural environment. One of the best zoos in the world!!! I couldn't wait to come back again :=)…
Date of experience: November 2020
Jolly traveler wrote a review 11 Jan.
Singapore, Singapore574 contributions111 helpful votes
It has been many years since I last visited, but my recent visit has made a huge impression. It has only got better with time. This is a world class zoo comparable to the best. Take a relaxed stroll to savour every corner. Definitely worth an entire day. I would not recommend riding on the tram, unless you are in a real hurry.…
Date of experience: January 2021
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Sally wrote a review 2 Jan.
Me and my husband went to the zoo. I give 3 stars because the ambience is nice.. you see more plantantion and green around than actual animals. Not worthy of the money.
Date of experience: September 2020